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Public Fishing Water: Special Regulations S – Z

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In addition to general fishing regulations, statewide species regulations and Department fishing area rules, this section addresses special regulations that apply to public fishing waters. If a species or body of water is not listed, refer to statewide regulations.

Raymond Gary

Choctaw County

Fishing Contact: (918) 297-0153

Game Warden: (580) 317-5000

Daily/Size Limits: Channel and/or blue catfish: six combined per day.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Rivers & Streams

Statewide

Fishing Contact: (918) 683-1031

Game Warden: (405) 522-0871

Statewide: It is unlawful to take or possess more than 25 nongame fish harvested from a river or stream, excluding shad and species of special concern I and/or II (see Statewide Daily & Size Limits).

Private Properties: Landowner consent must be obtained to utilize lands with rivers and/or creeks flowing through them.

Daily/Size Limits: Black bass (largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted): six combined per day, only one of which may be a smallmouth bass. Largemouth and smallmouth bass must be 14 inches or longer. No size limit on spotted bass.

Scenic Rivers: Use or possession of a cast net is illegal on Baron Fork Creek, Flint Creek, Illinois River, Lee Creek, Little Lee Creek and Upper Mountain Fork River.

Robber’s Cave

Latimer County

Fishing Contact: (918) 297-0153

Fees & Facilities: (918) 465-2565

Game Warden: (918) 471-9447

(Carlton, Coon Creek and Wayne Wallace Lakes)

Daily/Size Limits: Channel and/or blue catfish: six combined per day.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

(From Carlton Lake Dam downstream 1.5 miles to the State Park boundary)

Methods: Fishing limited to one rod and reel per person during trout season (other times no more than two rods and reels per person). No other method of fishing allowed.

Note: For more trout regulations, see Trout Regulations.

Robert S. Kerr

Haskell, Muskogee and Sequoyah Counties

Fishing Contact: (918) 683-1031

Fees & Facilities: (918) 775-4475

Game Warden: (918) 429-3123, (918) 429-3122, (918) 625-5085, (918) 625-4873, (918) 625- 4691, (918) 431-2544, (918) 431-2550

(Includes oxbows and cutoffs)

Daily/Size Limits: Walleye, sauger and saugeye: six combined per day/16-inch minimum.

Schooler

Choctaw County

Fishing Contact: (918) 297-0153

Game Warden: (580) 317-5000

Daily/Size Limits: Channel and/or blue catfish: six combined per day.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Shell Lake

Osage County

Fishing Contact: (580) 762-2248

Game Warden: (918) 331-5798, (918) 381-4099, (918) 440-9880, (918) 761-4097

Daily/Size Limits: Walleye, sauger and saugeye: six combined per day/18-inch minimum.

Skiatook

Osage County

Fishing Contact: (580) 762-2248

Fees & Facilities: (918) 396-3170

Game Warden: (918) 331-5798, (918) 381-4099,
(918) 440-9880, (918) 761-4097

Daily/Size Limits: Striped bass and striped bass hybrids (does not include white bass): five per day, of which only two may be 20 inches or longer.

Sooner

Noble and Pawnee Counties

Fishing Contact: (580) 762-2248

Fees & Facilities: (405) 553-2919

Game Warden: (580) 370-0700, (918) 645-6116

Daily/Size Limits: Striped bass: 5 per day, minimum length of 20 inches; others must be returned to the water immediately. Walleye, sauger and saugeye: six combined per day/18-inch minimum.

Methods: Fishing limited to rod and reel, bowfishing and noodling. No other method of fishing allowed. Fishing is prohibited from dam, fenced area below dam, and north bank of intake channel. Fishing in the buoy-marked intake channel, discharge channel and spillway embankment is bank fishing only (no float tubes or wading).

Stanley Draper

Cleveland and Oklahoma Counties

Fishing Contact: (405) 325-7288

Fees & Facilities: (405) 297-1426

Game Warden: (405) 850-9757, (405) 323-7863, (405) 343-5489, (405) 203-3176, (405) 203-3178

Methods: Fishing limited to no more than three rods and reels per person, with no more than three hooks per line (treble hooks are considered one hook). Bowfishing is permitted year-round during daylight hours only. No other method of fishing allowed, including castnetting.

Taft

Muskogee County

Fishing Contact: (918) 683-1031

Game Warden: (918) 625-5085, (918) 625-4873,
(918) 625-4691

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel. No other method of fishing allowed.

Tailwaters

Statewide

Fishing Contact: (405) 521-3721

Game Warden: (405) 522-0871

First 1,000 feet below any federal or Grand River Dam Authority dam

Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person, except at Wister, where no person may fish with more than two rods and reels per person when fishing below the dam down to the second set of power-lines at the confluence of the old and new river channels. Unlawful to keep a foul-hooked fish (any fish hooked other than inside the mouth) unless taken in a tailwater open to snagging (non-game fish only). Bowfishing prohibited except at Eufaula, Fort Gibson, Heyburn, Hudson, Keystone and Wister. Bowfishing is open on Thunderbird past the first 75 feet from the dam. Gigs, spears and spearguns prohibited, except at Hudson. Snagging prohibited, except at Fort Gibson tailwaters. Each angler must keep their fish separate, marked with their name and customer ID number or lifetime license number when fishing in tailwaters, except at Wister, where each angler must keep their fish separate, marked with their name and customer ID number or lifetime license number when fishing below the dam down to the second set of power-lines at the confluence of the old and new river channels. Wister tailwaters is closed to noodling from below the dam down to the second set of power-lines at the confluence of the old and new river channels. Snagging of paddlefish or any fish is closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. year-round east of I-35 and north of I-40, except the Miami City Park from the south boat ramp to the 125 Highway bridge which shall remain open.

Bureau of Reclamation tailwaters

Fishing closed year-round at Arbuckle, Fort Cobb and Foss. Fishing closed for the first 75 feet from dam at Altus-Lugert, McGee Creek, Thunderbird and Tom Steed.

Bowfishing, noodling, trotlines, throwlines, limblines, juglines and yo-yos are prohibited on the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River from the spillway of Great Salt Plains Lake downstream to State Highway 38 Bridge.

Tenkiller

Cherokee and Sequoyah Counties

Fishing Contact: (918) 683-1031

Fees & Facilities: (918) 487-5252

Game Warden: (918) 431-2552, (918) 431-2562, (918) 431-2544, (918) 431-2550

(Downstream from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp to dam)

Daily/Size Limits: Largemouth and/or smallmouth bass: six combined per day/13- to 16-inch protected slot limit. All crappie: 15 combined per day/10-inch minimum.

Methods: Prohibited methods of fishing: gigs and spears downstream from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp: speargunning legal when used with scuba, except taking flathead catfish from June 15 through July 15 is prohibited.

Texoma

Bryan, Johnston, Love and Marshall Counties

Fishing Contact: (580) 924-4087

Fees & Facilities: (903) 465-4990

Game Warden: (580) 320-2956, (580) 320-2957, (580) 320-2948, (580) 320-2950, (580) 276-7193, (580) 320-2951, (580) 320-2959

Note: Some methods of fishing on the Oklahoma portion of Lake Texoma do not apply to the Texas portion. Check the Texas Fishing Guide for details.

Daily/Size Limits: Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass: five combined per day/14-inch minimum for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Striped bass and/or striped bass hybrids: 10 combined per day, of which only two may be 20 inches or longer. White bass: 25 per day/no size limit. Channel and/or blue catfish: 15 combined per day/12 inch minimum and only one blue catfish may be 30 inches or longer. All crappie: 37 combined per day/10-inch minimum. Flathead catfish: five per day/20-inch minimum. Alligator gar: from May 1 through May 31, angling for alligator gar by any method is prohibited between the State Highway 99/U.S. 377 bridge upstream to the Interstate 35 bridge. Alligator gar harvest must be reported within 24 hours via E-Check at wildlifedepartment.com. Texas Side: During May, no person shall fish for, take, or seek to take alligator gar in that portion of Lake Texoma encompassed within the boundaries of the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge or that portion of Lake Texoma from the U.S. 377 bridge (Willis Bridge) upstream to the I.H. 35 bridge.

Thomas A.
Bamberger Sr. WMA (Baron Fork Creek)

Adair County

Fishing Contact: Streams Program Fisheries Office (918) 683-1031.

Game Warden: (918) 431-2546. (918) 431-2539.

Daily/Size Limits: Channel and/or blue catfish: six combined per day.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel only. No other method of fishing allowed.

Thunderbird

Cleveland County

Fishing Contact: (405) 325-7288

Fees & Facilities: (405) 360-3572

Game Warden: (405) 850-9757, (405) 323-7863

Daily/Size Limits: Walleye, sauger and saugeye: six combined per day/18-inch minimum.

Methods: Within the Little River above Franklin Road in Cleveland County, the following methods of fishing are prohibited: bowfishing, gigs and spears, spearguns, snagging and noodling.

Upper Illinois River and Tributaries

Includes Baron Fork Creek and Flint Creek

Fishing Contact: (918) 683-1031

Game Warden: (918) 431-2552, (918) 431-2562

Daily/Size Limits: Illinois River upstream from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp, Baron Fork Creek and Flint Creek; black bass (largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted): six combined per day, only one of which may be a smallmouth bass. Largemouth and smallmouth bass must be 14 inches or longer. No size limit on spotted bass.

Methods: Snagging and noodling are prohibited at all times. Bowfishing, speargunning, and gigging are prohibited, except for the following methods/seasons:

Upstream from the Horseshoe Bend boat ramp to State Highway 51/U.S. 62 bridge: Gigging is permitted from Dec. 1 to March 1. Speargunning is permitted from Dec. 1 to March 31. Bowfishing is permitted from June 1 to March 31 in the Upper Illinois River only.

Upstream from State Highway 51/U.S. 62 bridge: Gigging, bowfishing and speargunning are permitted from Dec. 1 to March 31.

Possession or use of cast nets prohibited.

Upper Poteau River and Fourche Maline River and Tributaries

Le Flore County

Fishing Contact: (918) 683-1031

Game Warden: (918) 429-3910, (918) 431-2559,
(580) 513-0814

Methods: Prohibited methods of fishing: gigs, spears and spearguns.

Vanderwork

Washita County

Fishing Contact: (580) 529-2795

Game Warden: (580) 515-4484

Daily/Size Limits: Channel and/or blue catfish: six combined per day.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Vincent

Ellis County

Fishing Contact: (580) 474-2663

Game Warden: (580) 334-0480

Daily/Size Limits: Channel and/or blue catfish: six combined per day.

Methods: Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Vinita (Bull)

Craig County

Fishing Contact: (918) 542-9422

Game Warden: (918) 244-2035

Daily/Size Limits: Largemouth bass: six per day, of which only one may be longer than 16 inches.

Watonga

Blaine County

Fishing Contact: (580) 474-2663

Game Warden: (580) 623-0206

Daily/Size Limits: Channel and/or blue catfish: six combined per day.

Methods: Fishing limited to one rod and reel per person during trout season (other times no more than two rods and reels per person). Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Note: For additional trout regulations, see Trout Regulations.

Webbers Falls

Muskogee County

Fishing Contact: (918) 683-1031

Fees & Facilities: (918) 487-5252

Game Warden: (918) 625-5085, (918) 625-4873,
(918) 625-4691

Daily/Size Limits: Walleye, sauger and saugeye: six combined per day/16-inch minimum.

W.D. Mayo

Le Flore and Sequoyah Counties

Fishing Contact: (918) 683-1031

Fees & Facilities: (918) 775-4475

Game Warden: (918) 429-3910, (918) 431-2559, (580) 513-0814, (918) 431-2544, (918) 431-2550

(Includes oxbows, cutoffs, and below dam to state line)

Daily/Size Limits: Walleye, sauger and saugeye: six combined per day/16-inch minimum.

Wichita Mountains WR

Comanche County

Fishing Contact: (580) 529-2795

Fees & Facilities: (580) 429-3222

Game Warden: (580) 695-7535

Daily/Size Limits: No length limit on largemouth or smallmouth bass. Channel and/or blue catfish: six combined per day.

Methods: Fishing limited to rod and reel only. No other method of fishing allowed.